Thursday, March 28, 2024

Thursday's Threads


Outfit day again! This week is kind of flying by. Not a very exciting outfit today, but we'll have a fun one next week with an Easter candy theme. Eros was our model today, and here's what he had on:

Bridle: Joseph Sterling
Brow band: Dark Jewel Designs

Eros is the first horse I've owned probably ever that flats in more bit than he jumps in. Most of mine use the same bit, but if I had one that jumped in something different it was usually slightly more than what we flatted in. But Eros likes less for jumping. I usually flat him with a little leverage to assist me in getting him to come round without having to pull so hard. But since right now he's just regaining some fitness and not yet doing "real flatwork" I'm riding him in his jumping bit. 

Saddle: Butet
Half Pad: Le Mieux
Baby Pad: Ogilvy
I actually bought this Ogilvy pad for a lil project I'm working on. But I haven't made much progress there so I decided to just use it in the meantime. 

Wraps: Anatomeq
I've really liked how the Eskadron liners and wraps have been working on Eros, but decided I'd like to try Anatomeq's version too. I figure for when it's hot this summer, these might be a better choice. Plus Anatomeq had a crazy sale for their anniversary this year and I snagged this whole set for just over $40 plus the shipping was free. I really like these, but I'm not sure the fit is right for Eros. I'm going to try them a few times and see if I might like them better if I shift the liner down a little lower. But I think they may just be a little too tall for him. Eros has short canon bones so this is a him problem and not a product problem. The wraps themselves are lovely. 

That's what E was wearing this week, and here's what I had on:

It keeps starting out as vest weather these days, but lately, I've been able to take it off part way through the day. Signs of hope for spring coming!

Yep, still this one. I still love it.

Sweater: Ronner
I've had this sweater for ages, but for whatever reason I haven't worn it much lately. It's such a nice weight because it's double sided, but isn't too thick. I love the little buckle detals for the trim.
Belt: Designer Inspired
Listen, I like nice things as much as the rest of us. But I also sometimes like knock offs. 

Breeches: Tailored Sportsman
Still waiting for some other company to figure out why TS breeches fit so much better than any other brand. Seriously. This shouldn't actually be magic. But maybe it is. I dunno. Anyway, these are black with tan patches. I got them second hand via Facebook.

Boots: La Mundial
Yep. These. They're pretty and whatever. But zero out of ten do not recommend dealing with this company. I'm debating whether I want to bring these whenever I make the pilgrimage to get all my broken boots repaired. These are a little bit too big in the calf. But I don't really think I want to spend any more money on them. They don't rub or anything, so are perfectly useful as is. 

That's what we wore today! Kind of a dull outfit, but perfectly nice for riding in anyway. I'm excited to share some ridiculousness next week, but I know me, and I'm pretty sure there will be spoilers on Instagram on Sunday. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

What's Up Wednesday


I didn't have the most horsey week because I actually got out of town for a few days to go to a wedding in DC.  It was my cousin from my mom's side of the family. I haven't seen that part of the family in many years, so it was great to catch up with everyone! And it was lovely to meet his bride and her family too. 

It rained most of the day Saturday, but fortuntaely, it stopped in time for the ceremony!

They had a cocktail at dinner called Big Cedar Lake, which turns out is a lake near where the bride grew up. However, the lake across the street from me is also called Cedar Lake, so I felt the need to indulge. It was delicious. But not as delicious as the espresso martinis they served during the dancing portion of the wedding.... (It was extra fun to not have to drive this weekend!)

I got to wear this pretty dress. I'm not sure I'll have anywhere to wear it again, but I hope I find an occasion! 
We did some sightseeing on Friday after we arrived. We did all the outside things we wanted to cover since we knew Saturday would be washout. 
The Cherry Blossoms were peaking while we were there, which is great luck because it's a little early for them.
The Lincoln Memorial is one of my favorite monuments. I'm just really impressed by that statue. I haven't seen it in person since I was a tiny kid. 

Saturday we planned to see as many museums as we could. Unfortunately, due to aforementioned rain, everyone else had the same plan. We wound up just going to the archives and then calling it so we could be well rested, dry, and happy for the wedding later. 
We saw the original Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and many fun exhibits. Now that cell phones take photos without a flash, photography is encouraged which so nice! 

Obviously I found some horses at the museum. 

Sunday we went to brunch and then rode the train home. It was a really fun weekend. Nice to get away, and other than while we were out in line getting rained on, my nieces were pretty well behaved with minimal whining this trip. Definitely a win! They're really growing up. 

I did get to ride the horses through Thursday though! Everyone had a good week. Al and Shiny were able to have their Thursday lessons which was nice. Al was a little bit of a turd, but didn't do anything that bad really. He just had zero focus. Winter is hard for him, but so is this time of year when nothing is ever the same. One day the end doors are open, the next they're closed. Then it's cold again. Then it's warm. Sometimes both in the same day. He just likes consistency. His ideal day is 78 degrees, overcast, with no wind. I think it will be awhile before we see any of those days. But don't tell him. He needs to have hope! Ha! 

My horses just had time off while I was away. Not ideal probably for Eros since we're trying to leg him up back to work. But there's no barn manager here in the winter, no one to do training rides some days, and we're not allowed to have our friends ride our horses. (Don't ask. Frustrates the poo out of me.) So I concluded they were better off having time off than getting the wrong rides. Al did one day in the rig and had a couple of free lunges. That one doesn't need to do nothing for days on end. But Eros and Shiny just enjoyed some vacation days. I figured for Eros I'd just add on a few days of two minute trot bursts (up to six minutes!) for a few extra days, and then we'll move up to our six minute no stopping week. I'm going away again for a full week in April, so we're going to be stopping and starting again anyway. I'm not in a hurry to push him along, so we'll probably just hang out at six minutes for awhile due to that impending interruption. 

That about catches you all up! Al and Shiny have lessons tomorrow, so that should be fun! How are you all doing? Getting lots of rain? Seems like that's all it does here lately. Gotta love Spring!

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Truthful Tuesday


Pizza. Pizza is my confession today. I was STARVING after the barn today so I figured after I finished running an errand I would pick up a pizza for dinner. We have this ridiculously good wood oven pizza place in my town, and I haven't eaten there in forever. They only have small or large pies here though. And in the past, when I get a small, I have a stupid amount of pizza left that's like not really a full meals worth. And since I was STARVING I figured I would eat a lot and would end up with one tiny slice left which is just silly. (I like leftovers, so more is better generally.) So I decided to get a large and therefore have enough for dinner tomorrow too. But then I only ate three pieces and now I have way too much left over. So my confession today is that I keep losing the pizza battle. I don't really think I'm the problem here though... A medium size pizza would solve this dilemma for me. 

Any of you run into this? Or not so much since you're probably not an old spinster like me. #spinsterproblems

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Thursday's Threads: St Patrick's Day Edition


All three kids dressed up for St Patrick's day this year, which was great because I forgot like the last two years... They all for the most part wore the same thing though, so only Shiny is modeling for the blog today. Kind of. I forgot to take a full pony photo of her...

So please enjoy this photo of Eros and me instead:

He just really wants to participate in Thursday's Threads more often,

Okay, now for Shiny photos.
Bridle: Joseph Sterling
Brow band: Dark Jewel Designs
I actually did consider bringing our green and gold brow band bridles over for the day, but I got lazy. Sorry.

Bareback Pad: Brockamp 
Saddle Pad: Lettia
I should have gotten a closer photo of the pad. It's covered in Shamrocks and horse shoes. Super cute. I got them ages ago for like $10 each. Great deal!

Boots: Horze
I think we have about six different shades of green in this outfit... At least. I figured these green boots worked for the occasion.

So that's what Shiny had on, and here's what I had on:

Thankfully, on Sunday it warmed up enough to lose the vest eventually. Not today though! Effing freezing and windy today. Boo.

Helmet: Samshield
I lived on the edge Sunday and wore this expired Samshield helmet that I have. It was meant to be my show helmet, but I got it long ago right around when Jamp (and therefor I) stopped showing. So it's barely been used, but is past expiration. I don't plan to wear it a lot, but figure it's probably safe enough here and there for non jumping days. I have a friend that is trying to launch a helmet embellishing business, so I let her add some crystals to this one for me. It has black crystals along the rails, and some green ones on the shield. It also has my initials on the back. Came out really cute!

Sweater: Luyaa
This is one of my Amazon special merino sweaters. I love these things for riding. They're nice looking, and SO WARM! Plus I can wash them in the washer. Perfect for horsing! 

Breeches: Romfh
Okay, guys. I need to stop buying weird shades of tan breeches. I mean, I love them all. But I have... like four different shades at this point. These are the Maple color. The photo below of my belt is a more accurate representation of the actual color. Anyway. I like these, Romfh breeches are really comfortable, and they fit well. 

Belt: Boy O'Boy Bridleworks
I picked up this stirrup buckle belt from Boy O'Boy Bridleworks back when Kevin Babington had his accident. It was part of a fundraiser. Perfect belt for St Patrick's day, plus it did some good when I bought it. Win-win!

Socks: Dreamers and Schemers
I was just recently approved to be an affiliate with Dreamers and Schemers (yay me!) so if you want to shop over there, it would be super if you'd use my link here: I get a small credit if you do, and I'm a D&S superfan so that would be helpful for me. Anyway, I picked these socks up last year for St Patrick's day and then forgot to wear them. But I remembered this year! Aren't they cute? They actually match some of my Pinsnickety Pins which is also really fun. Though I did not remember to use those this time. 

Boots: La Mundial
The zipper finally gave up life on my DeNiro's so I decided to sacrifice these for everyday use since I'm so bitter about them. They were perfect for the holiday anyway. I really need to get myself to the cobbler and fix some of my everyday boots. Most of my fun boots are made with delicate leather so they're not meant for actual barn life everyday. We'll see how these do... My luck they'll be indestructible... Lol! (Doubt it, LM are the worst.)

That's what we wore Sunday for the holiday! Did you dress up? How about your horse? Any favorites from today's post?

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

What's Up Wednesday


It's been a fun week around here. We had first spring for a few days which was LOVELY. It's over now of course, and we're back to winter. But I'll take it as it comes. I think second spring is expected next week. Fingers crossed. Things are even trying to bloom which is lovely, though also a bit sneezy.

This plant flowers twice a year. It came with the house, and I love it.

Al wasn't particularly great for his lessons this week. With the time change, the light is different at his lesson time, and he's pretty bothered by the sunspots being in new places. Horses... They can be ridiculous! Despite our less than perfect lessons, Al has had several days of being a really great guy. So I'm happy with that. Friday was really beautiful out, and a few people even got to ride outside. I wasn't sure if I was going to take Al out because although he is a million times better outdoors, the first few rides out there can be... A lot. So I was undecided. We had the big doors open in the indoor though, so I could ride inside first and see what I was dealing with. Having the doors open made for a MUCH HAPPIER Al. He used the full ring! Politely! With zero rapid changes of direction. So after we worked indoors I took him out where two of his solid minded buddies were finishing up. We wound up just walking a couple of laps out there since I wasn't wanting to stay out there alone and the others were done. But he was relaxed and lovely. I was very proud of him. We lessoned inside Saturday and he was really sad about the doors being shut again. (It was in the 30's and windy that morning, so it was the right call even if Al didn't agree.) Sunday was nice again though. Not so nice to ride out (the wind!) but nice enough for the doors to be open. And once again he was lovely. I keep telling people it's the literal doors he's afraid of and no one believes me. But when he can't see them, he's a whole new horse. Weird horse, admittedly, but lovely nonetheless. My hope for a nice summer with him is starting to return. 

Princess Shiny pants has been pretty much the same. Still excited to jump. Still angry about the canter transitions. I'm going to finish the course of EPM meds, but I'm not sure we've solved anything for her just yet with that. We shall see. Anyway, that aside, she's still the most reliable of my herd, and she was very happy to ride outside on Friday. I think she's been pretty disappointed to be back inside again for second winter, but she's dealing with it. Because that's who she is as a pony. She's actually going really well once she's warmed up and as long as you don't stop. She just gets really offended when she thinks she's finished with work and is then asked to do more. Which makes her a bit ornery for lessons, but pretty lovely for solo rides. Hopefully real spring sticks around soon so we can just be outdoors. She does seem to like it out there. 

Big week for this guy! Eros has been trotting his 8 long sides (4 each way!) for the past two weeks and it's been going well. He saw Doc again on Saturday and was given the okay to bump up to three two minute bursts of trotting. Meaning we can trot continuously for two minutes (including corners!) and then walk for a bit, and repeat. So six minutes total of trotting. We are to do that for a week, and if all is going well we can try trotting straight for six minutes. If that goes well, we add five or six minutes each week. I like to add six so it's an even number of minutes each way. Easier to calculate than half minutes in my opinion. Anyway, I'm undecided how it's going. I don't think he feels perfect, but Eros never feels perfect. So it's hard for me to judge if it's normal imperfect or abnormal... But it's also hard to tell when you have to stop every two minutes. He's generally the type that gets more sound the longer he goes. So starting and stopping kind of interrupts that. For now, we'll just keep plugging along and see how it goes. I'm away this weekend for a wedding, so we just have one more day to feel things out. Which kind of disrupts the week of each thing pattern. But I figure, I'll ride him tomorrow. He'll have Friday through Monday off, and then we'll see what we have Tuesday. I plan to continue with this week's plan through at least Thursday, and if all is going okay we'll progress. And if not, we won't and we'll schedule doc back out. Generally, I think we're moving in the right direction. And it just feels so amazing to be back riding my boy. I really missed him these last few months. I mean, I know I saw him everyday, but it's not the same when you can't ride together. Better than nothing of course! But not the same. 

With the nice weather and the roads having been washed of the winter salt by the insane amount of rain we've been getting, Rita has been enjoying lots of long walks! She really loves to go out for her stroll. For a little dog, she can travel a decent distance, though we're easing into it since I don't want her to get hurt or overdo anything. (Remember that she was in a terrible accident before I got her and had some broken bones.) Anyway, we walk 30 minutes usually and cover about a mile and a half. Give or take depending on how much sniffing she needs to do... Sometimes that slows us down a bit. Lol!

That's about it from here. Still plugging along, getting things done as best we can. We only have a couple weeks left before the Florida group returns and the quiet barn turns back into chaos. So we're trying to soak up the calmness while it lasts. Pretty soon though, the horses will be back home, and maybe we can start planning for some summer outings! 

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Truthful Tuesday


Today's confession is that I feel like the universe is trying to police my irresponsible spending. Case in point: Greenhawk was having their anniversary sale. They have their own brand version of Baker sheets and blankets. The barn where I board requires certain sheets and blankets and Bakers are on the list, but they don't fit any of my horses. I've been able to get by without them because we are also allowed one other sheet that does fit my horses reasonably well. But Shiny's is too tight on her these days (she's lost a lot of weight, but I think the sheet has been shrinking each time I wash it.) Eros' is also pretty snug. The other problem is that sometimes I like to blanket my horses a little warmer than the barn does. If everyone else is wearing sheets and I wish to use my 100 gram, I get in trouble. But the Baker blanket is a loophole. It's warmer than a sheet, but looks like what everyone else is wearing. Win-win! Except that Bakers don't fit my horses. So when I discovered Greenhawk's version, I decided to give them a try. They were VERY on sale, and I was able to get all three horses a blanket AND sheet for the same price as one Baker sheet and one Baker Blanket. Pretty good deal! I don't have a ton of extra cash at the moment (who does?) so I have to be careful with my spending, but this seemed like too good of a deal to pass up, and was more or less something I needed. So I went ahead and placed my order. They arrived today, so I'm excited to try them on the horses tomorrow. 
So what does the universe throw at me? I woke up this morning to no heat in the house. Of course, right? So all morning while I awaited the tech to arrive I was convinced I was going to have to find several grand to replace my very old furnace. Fortunately, it appears the furnace just gave itself a reset and nothing seems to be terribly wrong with it. Phew. Bullet dodged. BUT THEN, before that service guy had even pulled out of the driveway, I get a text from my hay guy that he wants to deliver Sunday. I hadn't planned on getting hay until next month. I don't really have the cash for a load of hay this month... But you don't say no to the hay guy. So yeah. The universe is punishing me for spending so much money on blankets by costing me repair money and hay money a month too early. Sigh. At least someone is out there trying to keep my under control!

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Thursday's Threads


Outfit Day already! But I gotta tell you, I massively failed this week. Our outfits were pretty great, but two things happened. First, I had a wardrobe malfunction when my boots broke this morning. And I think that led to the second thing in which I did not remember to take outfit photos of any of the horses. Which I mean... I had THREE opportunities to remember. And I did not. I did remember when I was all done riding though. So I can show you what Al wore mine Al wearing the items... Lol. Oops. So anyway... enjoy today's semi fail of an outfit. We'll obviously start with me today. Here's what I wore:

So last Friday when I went to get my hair done, I had on a sweater that said Weekend on it. (Super cute.) And it reminded me that during the pandemic I thought it would be funny to wear days of the week sweaters since we never knew what day it was anymore. (It was indeed funny.) So I decided that starting the next day I would wear my days of the week sweaters every day and see if anyone noticed. Tomorrow is the last day of my experiment. I've had a couple people notice. It was cold over the weekend though, so there were a few days the sweaters remained under outerwear layers. So not so obvious on those days. Anyway, it's been fun and also kind of nice to not have to really figure out my outfit everyday. 

Helmet: Samshield
Yep, still wearing this one. I'm going to miss it when it retires next year!

Sweater: Amazon... I think. Maybe Ebay
There's no tag in this sweater, so I have no idea who made it. I got it awhile back as mentioned earlier. For some reason, the Thursday one is smaller than the others, so I wound up wearing it tucked in. 

Belt: I also cannot remember this maker

This used to be my show belt. And may be again. We shall see. I forget where it came from because I've had it probably 15 years at this point. It's custom embossed with my initials and the buckle is an actual shoe for a mini horse. Very cute.

Breeches: Tailored Sportsman
Funny thing about these pants. I really wanted this color (it's called saddle), but as we all know, I can be frugal. Big Dee's had them on crazy closeout at a great price, but they didn't have my usual size. So I ordered the size smaller and hoped for the best. Honestly, they fit fine. I don't feel like they're too small when I'm wearing them at all. None of the seems appear to be bulging when I shove myself in there. But what's funny is that they very much DO NOT flatter my shape. Which is funny because I think the size up looks very nice. Just goes to show that wearing your actual size will make you look slimmer even if it's a bigger size. 

Boots and Half Chaps: Celeris UK
So this outfit was meant to go with my DeNiro boots since they are black and my sweater is black. And they did in fact look nice together for the few minutes I had them on at the same time. Unfortunately, the zipper split this morning on those boots. So I had to wear these. Which, I love these. Don't get me wrong. But they are sheepskin lined (boots and half chaps) and it was almost 70 degrees today. My feet were WARM! But I'm very glad I had these at the barn, or I'd have had a very annoying boot day in the saddle. Also, if I mention wanting DeNiro boots again, please shut me down. Take my credit card. Whatever it takes. Don't let me do it!

Anyway. That's what I wore today. And here are things Al was donning, sans Al. 

Bridle: Joseph Sterling
Browband: Dark Jewel Designs
I'm really a big fan of these bridles. Have been for a long time. Highly recommend. 

Saddle: Butet (You can't see it I know.) 
Saddle Pad: Mattes
Al's saddle is the top one. He used that pretty black Mattes pad. I got that one from Hufglocken from their stock before they stopped selling Mattes. This is the first time I've used it, and I'm not sure why, but it doesn't quite fit like the rest of mine. It keeps sliding back under the saddle too. I'll probably just let it be Shiny's from here on out. 

Boots: Anatomeq 
These are lovely boots if you're looking for some. They are very light weight, but the strikepad is nice and sturdy. They're also mesh so they're breathable. Really like them, and they are on sale right now. (Not an add, I'm not getting anything for raving about them. I just really do like them.) 

And that's it for today! Sorry for the lack of horse. Anything you liked from today?